Light snow cover proved a blessing Saturday morning; the size of some of the logs we had to move made the sled an essential tool in getting them to our several fires. We had another good, strong group, which included first-time Palos volunteer Kara.
Best things about the day? Other than the chance for a good workout, that would be robust winds and flammable fuel. Both enable quick fire starting and rapid loading. It's amazing the difference a good breeze makes. Our final fire, set up by Tom, was sheer delight to work, an A+ for sure on the permanent record!
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday February 25
Sunday brought rapid warming; firm ground walking in and a muddy mess by noon. Our work area was better, and we continued to clear brush from the east side of the slough. We're making great progress, having reached its southern edge which is another target-rich area for brush removal.
Our regulars were augmented by a large group of first-time Palos volunteers, including Marguerite and a group of six from REI Orland Park; Thomas, Cathy, Rubin, Zach, Molly, and Emilia. Thanks also to Dan Feltz for facilitating their visit. Many hands make light work, and also mean we accomplish much more.
We even had our group picture taken by a trail walker, Brian, who came to ask what we were doing and then volunteered to take the photo so all of us could appear in it.